By Dave Brousseau

Staff Writer

COCONUT CREEK – The Pine Crest boys basketball team, led by sophomore twins Ausar and Amen Thompson combined for 35 points ran past Grandview Prep in the Gold Bracket semifinals of Rock Holiday Classic at North Broward Prep on Friday.

The Panthers (7-3) will meet tournament host North Broward, a 67-59 winner over First Academy, for the championship on Saturday at 2:30.

Pine Crest leads the series 19-5 since 2005 and are 7-1 since against the Eagles since January 2014. The Panthers were a 60-45 winner over the Eagles in their last meeting.

The game was close at the halftime break with Pine Crest holding a 35-31 lead over the Pride. A big third quarter would give the Panthers the cushion to cruise to the win.

“The two twins on the top of the zone are just monsters,” said Pine Crest coach Isaac Smith. “It’s hard to handle us when we got to that zone. That’s our bread and butter.”

Amen Thompson finished with 18 points, while Auar Thompson had 17 points. Isaiah added 14 points, that included three straight 3-pointers that helped break open the game just after the half.

Junior guard Harry Santiago lead the Pride (10-2) with 13 points.

“Give Pine Crest all the credit because they played great defense,” said Grandview coach Joe Dawson. “We just felt uncomfortable all night. We just couldn’t get anything going.”

North Broward had a 19-point half time lead over First Academy before letting it slip to six points midway through the fourth quarter.

Maximus Fuentes led the Eagles (9-4) with a game-high 22 points to help preserve the lead.

“They went into a zone and we got a little tentative,” said North Broward coach Casey Wohlieb. “We got shell shocked a little bit, but the guys found a way to pull out the win.

We are excited about the challenge of playing Pine Crest

Gold Bracket

NORTH BROWARD PREP 67, FIRST ACADEMY 59

FA (4-7): Denbesten 2-0-5, Johnson 3-3-9, Summers 9-7-29, Shields 5-3-14, Battle 1-0-2.

NBP (9-4): Schleifer 1-0-3, Negri 2-0-5, Denny 3-4-12, Ashmore 4-2-10, Abson 5-3-13, Fuentes 5-10-22, Gena 1-0-2.

3-pointers: Denny 2, Fuentes 2, Schleifer, Negri, Summers 4, Shields, Denbesten. Half: NBP 41-19.

PINE CREST 64, GRANDVIEW PREP 51

GVP (10-2): Giles 2-0-5, Santiago 3-6-13, Octave 3-5-12, Sasser 2-1-5, Boles 2-7-11, Brown 1-3-5.

PC (7-3): Au. Thompson 5-5-17, Am. Thompson 7-4-18, Ramsay 5-0-14, Brodsky 1-1-3, Marzouca 1-0-2, Platner 4-2-10.

3-pointers: Ramsay 4, Au, Thompson 2, Giles, Santiago, Octave. Half: PC 35-31.

AMERICAN 64, OLYMPIC HEIGHTS 61

A (5-4): McGill 1-1-3, Williams 2-1-8, Clark 2-5-9, Wade 7-3-21, Figueroa 1-2-4, Nimmons 1-0-2, Corredera 3-2-8, Moratrinos 3-3-9.

OH (2-7): Stieg 5-4-15, Mackrey 6-3-16, Baquerizo 4-2-12, Kaye 1-0-3, Sineway 3-4-10, Cohen 1-0-2, Dzarnowski 1-0-3, Francois 1-0-2.

3-pointers: Wade 4, Williams 3, Baquerizo 2, Kaye, Stieg, Dzarnowski, , Mackrey. Half: A 32-28.

SAGEMONT 54, WELLINGTON 51

W (9-4): Perez 8-7-26, Frazier 0-5-5, Ruiz 3-0-6, Allen 4-4-12, Green 1-0-2.

S (11-4): Arca 3-0-7, Ramos 3-0-8, Ballard 3-1-10, Bensky 1-0-2, Houssou 1-2-5, Grishaev 1-0-2, Mangurov 5-1-14, Molinor 3-0-6.

3-pointers: Ballard 3, Mangurov 3, Ramos 2, Houssou, Arca, Perez 3, . Half: S 29-24.

Silver Bracket

RIVERDALE 53, ST. JOHN PAUL II 47

R (8-5): L. Klores 2-2-8, N. Seeherman 3-4-10, S. Klores 5-2-15, O’Toole 4-4-12, Khalid 2-0-5, Slott 1-0-3.

SJP (7-3): Hayslett 1-1-3, Louis 9-1-19, Nanosky 1-0-2, Sheridan 4-0-10, Whitaker 4-2-12.

3-pointers: S. Klores 3, L. Klores 2, Khalid, Slott, Sheridan 2, Whitaker 2. Half: SJP 20-19.

MADISON SOUTHERN 60, LAKE MARY PREP 51

MS (6-3): Robinson 1-2-4, Adams 1-0-2, Fugate 7-7-24, Buchanan 0-2-2, Lee 2-2-7, Turner 6-2-17, Wooten 2-0-4.

LMP (5-4): Grady 5-0-13, Esters 3-2-10, Reardon 8-0-21, McClure 0-1-1, Williams 2-2-6.

3-pointers: Fugate 3, Turner 3, Lee, Reardon 5, Grady 3, Esters 2. Half: MS 36-26.

MIAMI COUNTRY DAY 79, LEMAN MANHATTAN 76 (OT)

LM (205): Hopkins 4-0-10, Laffitte 11-3-27, Owusu 0-2-2, Emile 3-0-6, Alsbergs 1-0-3, Talton 2-1-5, Forde 4-0-8, Peuya 6-0-17.

MCD (6-3): Richardson 7-6-20, Mendelson 4-2-13, Cooke 9-12-33, Miles 4-1-9, Feldman 1-0-2, Kohen 2-1-5, Wendrow 0-2-2.

3-pointers: Mendelson 3, Cooke 3, Peuya 5, Hopkins 2, Laffitte 2, Alsberg. Half: L 54-44.

ORANGEWOOD CHRISTIAN 90, LOYOLA 57

L: Tubridy 2-0-4, Small 3-0-8, Von Maul 2-0-5, Reed 1-1-3, Burich 4-0-11, Al. Naber 1-0-2, White 10-4-24.

OC (7-3): Cooper 4-0-8, Petrie 1-0-2, Roberts 1-2-4, Negron 9-8-30, Morgan 2-0-4, Van 5-0-12, St. Germain 8-0-23, Duford 1-0-3, Cintron 1-0-2, Hoke 1-0-2.

3-pointers: St. Germain 7, Negron 4, Burich 3, Van 2, Duford, Small 2, Van Naul. Half: OC 62-29.

Saturday’s schedule

Gold Bracket

Championship: North Broward Prep vs. Pine Crest, 2:30; Third place: First Academy vs. Grandview Prep, 2:30; Fifth place: Sagemont vs. American 11:30 a.m.; Seventh place: Wellington vs, Olympic Heights, 11:30 a.m.

Silver Bracket

Championship: Madison South vs. Riverdale, 1; Third place: St. John Paul II vs. Lake Mary Prep, 1; Fifth place: Orangewood Christian vs. Miami Country Day, 10 a.m.; Seventh place: Loyola vs. Leman Manhattan. 10 a.m.

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